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Vikings injuries: Chris Cook could return in Week 16

Chris Cook, who suffered a broken arm during Minnesota's Week 8 loss to Tampa Bay, could return in Week 16, when the Vikings take on the Houston Texans.

Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Minnesota's secondary could receive a boost sooner rather than later. Vikings cornerback Chris Cook is scheduled to meet with doctors on Thursday, when Cook could be cleared to return to action -- if the doctors give Cook medical clearance.

Cook was injured during Minnesota's Week 8 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During that game, Cook broke his right arm and was subsequently placed on injured reserve -- but was given the designation to return. Under the new designation, players can return after missing eight weeks, making Cook eligible to return during Minnesota's Week 16 contest against the Houston Texans.

Though Cook won't make-or-break Minnesota's season, his return would be a huge lift to a secondary that has suffered multiple injuries. Cook's replacement, A.J. Jefferson, was concussed in Week 14, and his status for Week 15 is in jeopardy.

Houston boasts the 10th-best passing attack in the league, and the Vikings would be well served having Cook back for their Week 16 contest against Matt Schaub and the Texans.

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